HEALTH PROFILE 2105: Report puts town youths as the fattest nationally

Pilgrim Hospital.
Pilgrim Hospital.

Boston could have a ’poorer health status’ than the England average according to reports by Government health bodies.

The Health Profile 2015 for Boston, was released last Tuesday, June 2.

It shows that Boston has improved in the number of obese adults with a value of 26.8 per cent of adults classed as obese - this figure is rated as ‘significantly better’ than the national average, which is 23 per cent. The worst figure in England is 35.2 per cent in Halton.

However, obese children (those in year six, aged 10-11), comes bottom of the table with 27.1 per cent, matching the England worst value - the national average being 19.1 per cent.

According to the report, Boston comes off ‘significantly worse’ than the national averages in the number of GCSE’s achieved, violent crime figures, mother’s smoking status at time of obesity, the percentage of physically active adults, the excess weight in adults, hospital stays for alcohol related harm and recorded diabetes.

Chris Weston, Consultant in Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The issues highlighted in the health profile for Boston are obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption and road traffic accidents.

“Health and wellbeing are related to deprivation, the economy, income and independence.

“This suggests that Boston would have a poorer health status than the England average.”

He said a local health group has been set up in Boston made up of organisations including the CCG, housing and health service providers, Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire Police, as well as the county council which aimed to help improve people’s health.

He said: “Although improving people’s health is complex and often requires longer term economic and behavioural changes, the group have been looking at practical measures to address the health issues highlighted in the short-term.

“A huge range of activities are now taking place in Boston including improving leisure facilities, health walks, work with Boston Wheelers and Ramblers to encourage cycling and walking and strategies to address street drinking and alcohol dependency.”

In the latest report Boston fares significantly better than the national average in terms of deprivation, children in poverty, statutory homelessness, prevalence of opiate and/or crack use, incidence of TB and new STI.

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